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Why Can't I Add MKV to PowerPoint for Presentation?

In order to make PowerPoint presentation much more attractive and informative to its viewers, many people love to embed video to PowerPoint presentation. Found some video clips in MKV format that are perfect for your PPT and would like to embed them to your PowerPoint presentation? But the video format supported by PowerPoint is limited and MKV is not in the supported lists of all PowerPoint versions (including PowerPoint PPT 2016, 2010, 2003, 2007 or lower version). In such case, if you insert an MKV video to PowerPoint, you will get failure. To make it more clear, you can see the supported video and audio formats of PowerPoint below.

Video and Audio Formats Supported in PowerPoint

Video recommendations

PowerPoint 2010: .wmv

PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac: .mp4 files encoded with H.264 video and AAC audio

Windows PowerPoint Supported video file formats

File Format Extension
Windows Video file (Some .avi files may require additional codecs) .asf
Windows Video file (Some .avi files may require additional codecs) .avi
MP4 Video file* .mp4, .m4v, .mov
Movie file .mpg or .mpeg
Adobe Flash Media** .swf
Windows Media Video file .wmv

*Only PowerPoint 2013 and later. The 32-bit version of PowerPoint 2010 can play an .mp4 or .mov file only if the computer has a QuickTime Player installed.

**Adobe Flash isn't available in Office on a Windows RT PC. 

Mac PowerPoint Supported video file formats

PowerPoint 2016 for Mac PowerPoint for Mac 2011

AVI movie (Some .avi files may require additional codecs): .avi or .vfw

MPEG-4 movie: .mp4, .mpg4

Apple MPEG-4 movie: .m4v

MPEG movie: .mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .m75, .m15

MPEG-2 video: .m2v

MPEG-2 Transport Stream: .ts

QuickTime movie: .mov or .qt

DV movie: .dv or .dif

AVI movie: .avi, .vfw

DVI movie: .dv, .dif

MPEG movie: .mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .m75, .m15

MPEG-2 video: .m2v

MPEG-2 Transport Stream: .ts

MPEG-4 movie: .mp4, .mpg4

Apple MPEG-4 movie: .m4v

QuickTime movie: .mov, .qt

Windows Media Video file*: .wmv

* Windows media format (.wmv) requires a that you install a plugin named Flip4Mac for playback on Mac OS X.

From the information, we can know that MKV is not a friendly format to PowerPoint. To fix the problem that PowerPoint doesn't accept MKV, you can use a video converter to convert MKV to PowerPoint more supported MP4 video for PowerPoint 2013 and later version or transcode MKV to WMV for PowerPoint 2010.

Recommended Tool: Pavtube Video Converter

With Pavtube Video Converter for Windows / Mac, you can take full use of this tool to serve for your MKV video. You can convert MKV to WMV, AVI, ASF, MP4, etc, also you can choose the video quality, like: SD video, HD Video, of course, you would better choose HD video which is with high video quality and appropriate video size for PowerPoint. You also can freely change the video and audio codec, bitrate, frame rate to make the video more suitable for PowerPoint.

Before converting MKV to PowerPoint, you are allowed to edit the video by your own need. For example, trim a long MKV video to a small clip or merge some MKV clips into a single one file. If there're black bars around your MKV video, you can crop it using this software. If needed, you also can insert external subtitles to the MKV video files. More excellent features are waiting you to explore.

Step-by-Step to Convert MKV to PowerPoint

Step 1: Directly drag & drop the MKV files to the converter, or click "File">"Add Video/audio" button to load the source video files.

Step 2: Click on “Format” bar, and select “PowerPoint" > "WMV2 (*.wmv)” format from its drop-down profile list.

For PowerPoint 2013 and later version, H.264 MP4 is also a good option.

MP4 for PPT

Tip 1: Then you can click "Settings" to check the video and audio parameters. For example, you should make sure that if your MP4 video is encoded with H.264 and AAC codec.

MP4 settings

Tip 2: If you want to edit your MKV videos before conversion, you can click the "Edit" button to open the Video Editor window. Here trim, crop, adjust video effect, add watermark and clip, etc. are provided. All the editing can be real-time previewed so as to ensure the video quality and effect.

Step 3: Press on "Convert" to start encoding MKV to PowerPoint Presentation compatible video. When conversion completes, press on "Open output folder" to locate converted videos.

How to add converted MKV file into PowerPoint?

1. In PowerPoint, select the slide that you’d insert video.

2. Click the "Insert" menu and select "Movies and Sounds."

3. Choose "Movie From File" and browse to locate the video you want to insert.

4. Double-click the MKV file you just saved. The video will now appear in the PowerPoint slide.

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